Of Germanic origin.
French feminine form of the name Louis, meaning “famous warrior”.
It was the name of several European princesses.
Other forms of the name are: Louisa, Lou, Lulu, Luella, Luiza, Gina.
Famous bearers are Louise Gluck, Louise Fletcher, Louise Brooks, Louise Nevelson, Louise Lombart, Louise Bourgoin, Louise Brealey, Louise Monot, Louise Dearman, Louise Pitre, Louise Jameson.
Louise is a popular name in Belgium and France.
American poet Louise Glück is a professor at Yale University. In 1993, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.